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  • August 13, 2019 10:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) Improves the Competitiveness and Productivity of  Tampa Bay, Florida’s Manufacturers

    Tampa, Florida  August 13, 2019 BAMA, a member of the FloridaMakes network, announced today that Florida manufacturers who received services through our state-wide FloridaMakes network have reported a combined total of over one billion dollars in measurable economic impacts and created or retained 6,953 manufacturing jobs since the program started delivering services in 2016.

    The FloridaMakes network is a state-wide industry-led initiative operated by Florida’s Regional Manufacturers Associations in partnership with industry, research, educational, and economic development organizations, both public and private, at the state and national levels. The network’s mission is to improve the productivity and technological performance of Florida manufacturers by accelerating technology adoption, talent development, and business growth, and to strengthen the state’s high-wage manufacturing economy. BAMA, through its participating partners, provides services that are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies.

    Impact results represent data from 283 client engagements across the state and were obtained through a survey conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. On average, $3.7 million in total impact, and over 24 jobs were created or retained per firm (total survey data through Q1, 2019). The numbers break down as follows:

    • Increased and retained sales: $697 million
    • Total cost savings: $97.9 million
    • Total investments: $249.5 million
    • Jobs created and retained: 6953

    “This remarkable impact demonstrates the significant strides manufacturers have taken in improving their businesses, and FloridaMakes’ dedication to helping Florida companies increase their global productivity and technological performance,” stated Maria Alfano, FloridaMakes’ Chief Operating Officer.


    BAMA supports manufacturers and promotes economic development in the Tampa Bay Region.

    The Bay Area Manufacturers Association is a Tampa Bay resource that helps companies address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth, and achieve measurable results.  To learn how we can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for manufacturers, contact Paula DeLuca at 727-498-0990.


    About BAMA

    The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) supports manufacturers and promotes economic development in the Tampa Bay Region. BAMA provides a forum to exchange ideas and share best practice information, network with colleagues and learn about manufacturing related topics through educational programs and tours. BAMA supports STEM programs and offers scholarships to students pursuing manufacturing and STEM education. Manufacturing provides jobs for approximately 60,000 people in approximately 2,500 facilities throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. More information about BAMA is available at www.bama-fl.org.

    About FloridaMakes

    The FloridaMakes network is a state-wide, industry-led initiative operated by an alliance of Florida's Regional Manufacturers Associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth.

    The FloridaMakes network is the official representative of the MEP National Network, which is operated by NIST, for the State of Florida.  More information on the FloridaMakes network is available at www.floridamakes.com. More information about the MEP National Network is available at www.nist.gov/mep.

  • June 06, 2019 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • June 03, 2019 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paula DeLuca is a FloridaMakes Business Advisor that will now be based at the Bay Area Manufacturers Association.   Paula has worked in manufacturing for more than 30 years, and has extensive experience in the aerospace, security & defense, electronics, sheet metal, machining, automotive and medical device manufacturing industries.

    Paula’s areas of expertise include materials and inventory management, logistics management, Lean manufacturing/Kanban/ISO, Toyota Daily Kata process, ERP implementation, supply chain management, MRP product planning & scheduling, material flow, new product development and customer support management.  She has additional experience in small business government reporting, quality audits conducted by suppliers for major OEMs, managing direct reports, and training for manufacturing employees.

    Paula most recently served as the Business Advisor for FloridaMakes in the Jacksonville area for the past 2 years.  She has both served as an independent consultant and worked for a wide variety of manufacturing companies across the country, including:   Kaman Integrated Structure & Metallics, B/E Aerospace, Triumph Actuation Systems, L-3 Communications, Eaton Corporation, Environmental Technologies/Johnson Controls, E-L Products, and Ohmeda.

    Paula holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and her Masters of Science in Management from Hodges University/International College in Naples, Fl. She has been a member of the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) since 1984, served on the BOD and is a Past-President of the Buffalo chapter.

  • June 03, 2019 11:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to report that Florida manufacturers who received services through FloridaMakes have reported a combined total of over $906 million in measurable impacts (total survey data through Q4, 2018). The results break down to include:

    • Increased or retained sales: $592.3 million
    • Total cost savings: $87.3 million
    • Total investments: $226.6 million (equipment, new products, skills and other)
    • Jobs created or retained: 5,915

    The survey results represent data from 266 firms. On average, $3.4 million in total impact and over 22 jobs were created or retained per firm. 

    The findings were reported directly by manufacturers through a third-party outside survey conducted on behalf of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

    FloridaMakes is a great resource and can help your company address current challenges, create new opportunities for growth and achieve measurable results.  To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor at info@floridamakes.com.

    FloridaMakes is an industry-led public-private partnership operated by participating regional manufacturer associations throughout Florida. As part of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, FloridaMakes is the official representative of NIST MEP in the State of Florida. Learn more at www.floridamakes.com.

  • June 03, 2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recently BAMA held a workforce development roundtable discussion in partnership with FloridaMakes and FLATE.  The group of over 25 people was composed of manufacturers, educators, and community leaders in economic development.  Both manufacturers and educators shared the great things we are doing in the Tampa Bay area, and identified a few key challenges we face.  The one challenge echoed by all of the manufacturers was the lack of skilled labor available to fill open positions.  In order to address this issue the group decided that fostering a stronger relationship between manufacturers and educators was critical, and that one way to do this in a relatively short period with realistic deliverables was to create an Instructor Incubator Committee.

    Many of our local educational institutions have a difficult time finding instructors for the industrial or manufacturing courses they offer.  The Instructor Incubator Committee, composed of manufacturers, will identify several topics or skills that are important to the job functions at their facilities, and identify candidates from the manufacturers that can provide instruction on the those topics or skills.  The instructors would not have to teach for an entire semester, they would only need to teach a specific topic as a guest lecturer.

     Help BAMA by participating in this exciting new endeavor

    Contact Committee Chariperson, Peter Cirak for more information:  PeterCirak@sealdynamics.com

  • May 13, 2019 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • March 19, 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HRP's fast-paced RCRA seminar is designed to provide both entry-level and experienced environmental managers with a comprehensive review of state and federal hazardous waste regulations. The four-hour seminar assists industry in meeting their annual RCRA training requirement. Regulatory examples and case histories are used during this seminar to emphasize and reinforce aspects of the hazardous waste regulations. The key training topics include:

    • What wastes are hazardous?
    • Satellite accumulation requirements
    • Hazardous waste classification differences
    • Container management requirements
    • Universal wastes
    • Used oil requirements
    • Enforcement
    • What to do if inspected

    Certificates of Completion will be provided to all attendees.

    RCRA: $245pp/$225pp for multiple registrants from same company 

    Embassy Suites Tampa Brandon, 10220 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619
    (813) 653-1787

    Click here for more details - http://bit.ly/hrp-fl-training

  • March 12, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The highly-interactive DOT four-hour training program is designed to provide both entry level and experienced environmental managers with an in depth understanding on how to properly prepare a hazardous material package for transportation and their responsibilities under the DOT’s Hazardous Material Transportation regulations. The Hazardous Material Transportation Training Manual, which is designed to address the types of issues environmental professionals face on a daily basis, provides a clear and concise reference on how to complete each step for hazardous materials transportation. Topics to be introduced and discussed during the four-hour session include the following:

    • Classifying a Hazardous Material;
    • DOT Hazard Classes;
    • Hazardous Substances/Marine Pollutants/Elevated Temperature Materials;
    • How to read and use Hazardous Material Table 172.101;
    • Proper Shipping Name Identification;
    • Proper Packaging;
    • How to Mark and Label hazardous materials packages;
    • How to prepare Shipping Papers;
    • Placarding Requirements;
    • Training and Record Keeping requirements;
    • Safety and Emergency Response Information requirements; and
    • DOT Security requirements.

    Certificates of Completion will be provided to all attendees who successfully pass the required quiz. Every attendee will receive a copy of the most recent Emergency Response Guidebook.

    DOT: $195pp/$180pp for multiple registrants from same company

    Click here for more details - http://bit.ly/hrp-fl-training

  • January 31, 2019 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roy Sweatman, the president of Tampa-based Southern Manufacturing Technologies was interviewed by Fox 13 News to address the challenges manufacturers face in finding skilled people to fill manufacturing jobs.

    Read more here.

  • January 31, 2019 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAMA member Seaway Plastics Engineering was recently featured on the segment, Made in Tampa Bay on Fox 13 News.  Seaway is a custom plastic injection molding company  specializing in low to mid volume production located in the Port Richey area. 

    Read the full story here.

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Read the 2015 Florida Manufacturing Brief from Enterprise Florida

Labor Market Industry Profile

Florida manufacturers are critical to the state’s economy. In June 2013, Florida manufacturing
was 4.4 percent of the employment for all industries. Manufacturing is separated into durable
goods manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing. Durable goods manufacturing
accounted for 66.7 percent of June 2013 manufacturing employment and nondurable goods
manufacturing accounted for 33.3 percent.

There were 18,510 Florida manufacturers in June 2013, with employment of 323,341 jobs.
Employment was up 5,660 jobs (+1.8 percent) over the year.

Read the entire report here

Number of Establishments
Employment December 2013
Pinellas 1,297 30,317
Hillsborough 1,114 24,651
Pasco 317 3,185
Hernando 106 1,509
TOTALS 2,834 59,662

Information provided by

International Trade

Click here for the Slide Show from the tour of the
Tampa Port on May 14, 2016.

If you need information on how to sell your goods to other countries,
here are some contacts that can help you.

Dan Bjerk is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center,
the local office for the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration of the
U.S. Department of Commerce located in Clearwater, Florida.

Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760




Brent Barkway joined the staff of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2014, as a Business Development Manager specializing in Export Development, Foreign Trade Zone management, business expansion and relocation projects. He focuses on helping local companies discover new global markets for their products and services. Brent honed his economic development skills in Lee County, where he managed the relocation of Hertz Corporate Headquarters, which resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact in Southwest Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development

13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760



Lorrie Belovich is Director of International Business Development for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and partner in the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. She is responsible for both international trade and foreign direct investment. She works closely with the international stakeholders in Tampa Bay, such as the Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Mayor’s office, to align the international business strategy for Hillsborough Country. Lorrie also manages the official outbound trade and business development missions led by Mayor Buckhorn and other elected officials.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

101 East Kennedy Blvd. | Suite 1750, Tampa, FL 33602



Gonzalo Padron joined Port Tampa Bay as director of marketing and business development for Latin America in August 2014. Prior to joining the port’s executive team, Padron was manager of strategic customers at DHL Global Forwarding. Padron began his industry career extensively traveling the Caribbean and Latin America as a senior account executive for ocean carriers Tecmarine Lines and Seaboard Marine.

Port Tampa Bay

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602


office: 813-905-5150

mobile: 813-361-2892

M. Javier Zuniga’s expertise includes corporate and partnership tax compliance, partnership structures, international taxation, individual taxation and forensic accounting. Javier is also part of PDR CPAs R&D tax credit and cost segregation studies practice areas.





The OSHA presentation from January 22, 2015

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